Free Speech (Unless The Wrong People Exercise It)

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Recent events in Ferguson have once again demonstrated the fact that most people who yell the loudest about the 1st Amendment literally have no clue what it actually says:

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

So let me get this straight – this spokesmodel (actually, “bidness manager”), a man so corrupt that he lost his own job as a law enforcement officer, is threatening mass demonstrations by cops because citizens exercised their own free speech rights in a NON-VIOLENT manner?  AND he wants them PUNISHED for it?  Personally, I think that he’s just ticked that in such a public arena and (more importantly) during a live televised event, those players couldn’t be teargassed and put in their place.  Can’t have the hired help acting uppity, after all.

I can’t even give this foolishness the level of mockery it truly deserves, but I know who can:

The Salient Fact Of American Politics, 2014 Edition

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“The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of who will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it Ni-CLANG in the White House gets put in his place.”

OK then.  Civil War II it is.

Early Voting

Cole does some commiserating regarding the state of Democratic tactics:

“Currently, it appears that the Democrats in WV are trying to out pro-life and out pro-NRA each other while scratching Big Coal’s itchy parts.

And that is what it is like being a Democrat in WV- you start every election cycle motivated and then the candidates you like lose the primary or the person you will only vote for because they are a Democrat runs unopposed. Then the general election cycle starts, and you notice that the Democrats are starting to sound like Republicans. Not like Bob Dole era Republicans, but slightly to the left of Mitch McConnell Republicans. Fortunately, though, that is balanced by crazy insane people on the right who make them look liberal by comparison. My representative, David McKinley, who was what I thought passed for a reasonable Republican is now guzzling the kool-aid and proudly running campaign commercials when he touts his 50 votes against Obamacare as a reason to vote for him.

Gotta love it.

My Vote Is In

Absentee ballots for me and Mrs. Cisco have been submitted.  I wish I could say that being done with the process makes the ads easier to deal with; alas, the ads still reek.  This election cycle was unique for us; we actually had a campaign worker knock at the door:

CW: “Will you stand with Senator Hagan?”

BC: “So long as she doesn’t run away from President Obama, and stands with us.”

CW: “She’ll stand with everybody.”

I’m sure it sounded better in his head…

I’m not sure that Democratic politicians have figured out that the right isn’t going to vote for them, a lot of them have been spending a LOT of time distancing themselves from President Obama, in order to – what – make the Fox News demo consider voting for them?  Not going to happen.  Consider this: PBO’s nominee for Surgeon General made what many would call a reasoned correlation between gun violence and health; for this, the Teapublicans, with the usual support/threats from the NRA, filibustered the nomination.  However, there was also pushback from DEMOCRATIC senators: Begich (AK) and Pryor (AR) voted down every single post-Sandy Hook gun amendment; joining them in shooting down the assault weapons ban were Baucus (MT), Bennet (CO), Donnelly (IN), Hagan (NC), Heinrich (NM), Heitkamp (ND), Johnson (SD), Landrieu (LA), Manchin (WV), Tester (MT), Tom Udall (NM), and Warner (VA).

So what did they get for courageously bowing down before the NRA?  Pryor got a challenger, NONE of the others got either an endorsement or support of any kind, and the GOP was gifted a blueprint for fighting against “radical” nominees and for cowing Democrats in general.

I wish someone would explain what this is supposed to accomplish from a Democratic standpoint. Someone with a (D) after their name who rolls over every time the NeoConfederates yell boo is not what I’m looking for…